Thursday, January 24, 2013

Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti Casserole

These past few days have definitely tested my patience with winter. Single digit temperatures and negative wind chills make me want to hibernate in my apartment, buried under a mound of the warmest blankets I can find. 

This type of weather also makes me crave comfort food more than ever - specifically a hot, creamy, cheesy casserole - just like Mom would have made when I was growing up.

I found this recipe for Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti on the Plain Chicken blog. I really like how the recipe uses only a few ingredients (very important when you're lazy about cooking like I am) with easy instructions (very important when you have a short attention span like I do). Best of all, the finished casserole tastes great! I think Mom would approve :)

 Seconds are pretty much a given :)

Baked Cream Cheese Spaghetti Casserole
via Plain Chicken blog

12 oz spaghetti, slightly undercooked
1 28oz jar spaghetti sauce
1 lb lean ground beef
1 tsp Italian seasoning (I substituted with 1 Tbsp Penzey's Pasta Sprinkle)
1 clove garlic minced
8 oz cream cheese (I used reduced fat)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown ground beef in a large skillet and drain off excess fat. Add spaghetti sauce and set aside. 

Add cooked spaghetti noodles, cream cheese, Italian seasoning and garlic in a large bowl and stir until cream cheese is melted and the noodles are evenly coated. 

Spread a small amount of the meat sauce in a 9x13 pan. Add spaghetti noodles, then top with meat sauce. Sprinkle top with Parmesan cheese.

Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. 

Let's talk comfort food: What's your go-to recipe when you crave something hot, creamy, cheesy, etc.? Also, what are your favorite websites to find new recipes?

If this cold spell lasts, I'll be baking a lot more casseroles! 

- ST

6 comments:

  1. I've never heard of cream cheese in a casserole. Naughty!! Good thing you used low fat! I've been in such a soup/stew mood. We had sweet potato chili for dinner tonight. It totally hit the spot.

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    1. I figured it wasn't too terrible since there wasn't a bunch of melted cheese on top of the casserole - just a sprinkle of Parmesan!

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  2. Yes! I love simple ingredient dishes, so this is a must!

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    1. This recipe was so simple that I made it again over the weekend. Another 10 servings of spaghetti casserole!

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  3. Mhm! I have made something similar to this - stir a box of uncooked pasta, cream cheese, and tomato sauce together, let it sit in the fridge overnight, then bake until awesome. I looove cream cheesy sauces ;)

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    1. Hmm, I'm going to have to try that idea - I like that you don't even have to cook the pasta before baking!

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